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Pet treats found contaminated with heavy metals – Health Ranger releases shocking data on lead, mercury and cadmium in dog and cat treats



Monday, April 21, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) My food science research in the Natural News Forensic Food Labs has turned up yet another alarming discovery… and this time, it’s about pet treats that may be poisoning your dogs and cats with toxic heavy metals.

Over the last several months, I’ve been testing popular brands of pet treats sold by retailers like Amazon.com, and what I found is downright alarming:

• An astonishing 1.8 ppm of lead in Mundy Rawhide Gourmet Dog Treats made by a company called Cadet. The treats are made in China and labeled “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.”

• A startling 6 ppm of cadmium found in “Red Shrimp” reptile treats made by Zoo Med.

• A shocking level of mercury — over 0.5 ppm found in “Ocean Whitefish” cat treats made by PureBites and labeled “100% natural” and “made in the USA.”

• Over 1.5 ppm lead found in “Natural Rawhide Rings” dog treats from a company called PetSafe. The product package says “Protect. Teach. Love.” and is made in Taiwan.

See the full results right now for over 16 products at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs results page.

All results were achieved via ICP-MS laboratory testing that I conducted myself, using EPA-approved methodology variations. The Natural News Forensic Food Lab is in the process of achieving ISO 17025 accreditation.

Watch out! You may be poisoning your pet

What these results show is that high levels of toxic heavy metals are commonly found in pet treats. Even worse, these heavy metals are invisible to the human eye, and because they aren’t labeled on products, there’s no way to know how much lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic you may be unintentionally feeding to your pet.

The picture on the right shows chew sticks that contain alarmingly high levels of lead, but you don’t see the lead in the photo, do you?

Shockingly, manufacturers never disclose heavy metals content on product labels, and retailers almost never test for heavy metals. To my knowledge, Natural News Store is the only retailer in the world that tests everything we sell for heavy metals. Amazon.com never tests what it sells, and don’t expect other retailers to, either.

See the PetSafe natural rawhide rings on the left? They’re made in Taiwan from rawhide, sorbitol and potassium sorbate. But they also contain over 1.5 ppm of lead.

Just to give you an idea of what that really means, just one rawhide ring weighing 8 grams would expose your dog to over 24 times the daily lead limit set by California Proposition 65. That’s almost a month’s worth of lead in a single pet treat.

See the full results right now at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs results page, where more than 16 pet treats are detailed.

Contaminated pet treats can kill your favorite dog or cat

Contaminated pet treats can kill your dogs or cats. The FDA openly warns about this on its website(1), saying:

Since 2007, FDA has become aware of an increasing number of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats. As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received approximately 3000 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats. Most of the reports involve jerky products sourced from China. The majority of the complaints involve dogs, but cats also have been affected. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.

Over the years, thousands of family pets have been killed by contaminated pet treats, and more deaths will occur until this industry is required to meet stringent quality standards.

Sadly, the FDA still has no limits on heavy metals in pet treats or pet food, so a company can legally manufacture pet treats containing almost any level of heavy metal toxins while legally selling that product at Amazon.com or your favorite pet store.

The USDA, similarly, has no limits on heavy metals in certified organic pet food. So even “organic” pet foods and treats can contain extremely toxic levels of heavy metals while being certified organic by the U.S. government.

And while heavily-contaminated pet treats can kill your pet in a matter of hours or days, pet treats with sub-acute levels of heavy metals can still cause long-term chronic poisoning over time, where the heavy metals build up with each cumulative exposure.

Are there any pet treats with low heavy metals?

Yes! In fact, my laboratory research was able to verify that the “Real Meat Healthy Gourmet Dog & Puppy Treats” product made by the Real Meat Company(2) was remarkably low in heavy metals, registering zero cadmium, mercury and arsenic while showing only a tiny trace of lead.


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Fukushima plant operator reverses claim groundwater not contaminated


Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc
An aerial view shows Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo

TOKYO | Tue Jun 4, 2013 9:44am BST

(Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday it had detected radioactive caesium in groundwater flowing into its wrecked Fukushima Daiichi plant, reversing an earlier finding that any contamination was negligible.

The announcement is yet another example of Tokyo Electric initially downplaying a problem, only to revise its findings because of faulty procedures. It casts further doubt over its control over the cleanup of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

“Once again, they’ve missed something they should be aware of,” said Atsushi Kasai, a former researcher of radiation protection at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute.

“This shows again they lack the qualification to be managing the plant, which is the root cause of their failure to contain the March 11 disaster.”

In recent weeks, the company has been battling with leaks of radioactive water and power outages — more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami knocked out power and cooling and caused three reactor meltdowns.

The discovery that groundwater is also being contaminated before it enters the damaged reactor buildings compounds the problems for the company known as Tepco.

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A laboratory technician uses a Geiger counter to measure radiation in fish, which was caught close to the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, at Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture May 28, 2013. Commercial fishing has been banned near the tsunami-crippled nuclear complex since the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. The only fishing that still takes place is for contamination research, and is carried out by small-scale fishermen contracted by the government. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato


A crab is hauled aboard the “Shoei Maru” fishing boat, close to Hirono town, about 25 km (19 miles) south of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture May 26, 2013. Operated by 80-year-old Shohei Yaoita and 71-year-old Tatsuo Niitsuma, the boat’s catch will be used to test for radioactive contamination in the waters near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Commercial fishing has been banned near the tsunami-crippled nuclear complex since the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. The only fishing that still takes place is for contamination research, and is carried out by small-scale fishermen contracted by the government. Picture taken May 26, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato


A laboratory technician is seen through a closed door, as he tests for cesium levels in fish caught close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, at Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture May 28, 2013. Commercial fishing has been banned near the tsunami-crippled nuclear complex since the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. The only fishing that still takes place is for contamination research, and is carried out by small-scale fishermen contracted by the government. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato


Japan Today


Gov’t suggests TEPCO freeze soil around Fukushima plant


A government panel of experts on Thursday recommended that Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) consider freezing the soil around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reduce the amount of radioactive groundwater being generated by water flowing into the plant.

According to the panel’s plan, pipes would be placed in the ground and filled with coolant at a temperature of minus 40 degrees Celsius. This would then freeze the surrounding soil, effectively acting as an underground wall around the plant.


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Nuclear Power  Truths

Recently there have  been  many  media  outlets publishing  articles  on the  Hanford Nuclear  Reservation Tanks  leaking Radioactive  waste underground  where  they are located.  Mixed  with a deadly  cocktail of  nuclear  waste  and  chemicals  that  not  even those directly responsible  and  in  charge of  the  safety  protocol and maintenance  of  said   tanks are  sure of.

These p;ants  like  Nuclear  Power  Plants  are  subsidized  with  taxpayer  monies.  However, any  upgrades  or  retrofitting  that  needs to  be  done must be paid  for  by the company  itself, not  taxpayer  funds.  Right off the  nat  the  fact that company  monies  must  be  used to  improve, repair  or safeguard the facility  for the  security of  the people that  live in the  surrounding areas, not to mention the  soil and the underground  water  supply.  A  water  supply  that  would concern areas   outside of the  immediate  are  of the  Plant.  The  Colorado  River  being one  of  the  sources in  danger.

According  to  Wikipedia information  available  about the  Columbia  River   Watershed, we are  looking  at  waterways basins  that  empty into and  mix  with  bodies  of  water all the  way  from Washington State  to the  Gulf  Of  Mexico.

We have  Governor Inslee  stating that there is  no  danger to  the  residents and  yet  there  have  been  issues  associated  with the  Hanford  site  since  before   2010.  That  is   3  years of  safety irregularities,  leaks  of  dangerous radioactive  waste  not only into the  ground endangering  the  water  shed  for  millions of  Americans both  directly  and  indirectly situated  near  Hanford.    Now  they are  trying to  tell us  that there is  no  danger  to the  public?  According to the  testimonies  given in the videos provided below.  It is  indeed  obvious that  the  leaks  have  been  an  ongoing  problem  that  was made clear  to  both the  management  of  the  Plant and  the  DOE.  Neither  of  which  made  any  move  to  correct.  Now  we  are  expected  to believe  that  there is no  danger  posed,  yet the  leaks  and  the danger  to  their   exposure  was  never addressed,  no one  cared.  SO  now  we  are  to  believe  the  very  same  entities that  have  lied to  us  for  well into  3  years?

How  stupid  do they  actually  think  we  are  ,  exactly ?

If the  testimony  being  given  is  to be  believed  then  not  only  has  our  watershed  been  compromised,  the  air around  the  plant has  been  compromised as  well.  Contaminating   the  residents  that  live  there  and   placing their  children in  danger.

The  Nuclear  Energy  Plants  and  these  Nuclear  Waste  Facilities  are  subsidized  by  taxpayer   monies yet  we  have  no  say  in  vetting there  safety  practices.    Nor  do  we apparently  have  any  say  in  the  approval  process of  these plants  either.   Recently the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first authorized in over 30 years.  They  will be  built  in   Georgia  about   170 miles East  of  Atlanta.  The location  already contains  two  old  reactors.  Just  what  we  needed  …. more  radioactive  waste  to  be  housed  in these  leaky sieves  they call “Nuclear  Reservation Plants”

This is  madness and if it  continues  unchecked the  contamination of  Fukushima  and  Chernobyl  will look  like child’s play  compared  to the  disaster in the  making here  in the   US……..

~Desert Rose~


Inslee says 6 underground tanks at Hanford leaking waste

by Associated Press and KING 5 News

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Updated yesterday at 5:12 PM

After meeting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu Friday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says at least six underground single-shell tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington are leaking, not one as reported last week.

Inslee called the latest development “very disturbing news” and called for a new action plan to remove the nuclear material.

“There is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks, which are more than 10 miles from the Columbia River,” Inslee said in a news release. “But nonetheless this is disturbing news for all Washingtonians. One week ago, Secretary Chu told me there was one tank leaking. But he told me today that his department did not adequately analyze data it had that would have shown the other tanks that are leaking.”

The amount that is leaking varies from tank to tank, but Inslee did not have specific amounts.

Inslee says Chu blames the Department of Energy’s failure to catch the leaks on their inability to properly evaluate the data from the monitors. The leaking was so small over a short period of time that it was imperceptible. If they had looked at the data over a longer period of time, they would have detected the leaks earlier.

Chu said there will be additional evaluations and information released in the coming days.

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The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.[9] The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It flows northwest and then south into the US state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven U.S. states and a Canadian province.


Most of the Columbia’s drainage basin (which, at 258,000 square miles or 670,000 square kilometres, is about the size of France)[168] lies roughly between the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Cascade Mountains on the west. In the United States and Canada the term watershed is often used to mean drainage basin. The term Columbia Basin is used to refer not only to the entire drainage basin but also to subsets of the river’s full watershed, such as the relatively flat and unforested area in eastern Washington bounded by the Cascades, the Rocky Mountains, and the Blue Mountains.[169] Within the watershed are diverse landforms including mountains, arid plateaus, river valleys, rolling uplands, and deep gorges.


In 2000, about six million people lived within the Columbia’s drainage basin. Of this total about 2.4 million people lived in Oregon, 1.7 million in Washington, 1 million in Idaho, half a million in British Columbia, and 0.4 million in Montana. Population in the watershed has been rising for many decades and is projected to rise to about 10 million by 2030. The highest population densities are found west of the Cascade Mountains along the I-5 corridor, especially in the Portland-Vancouver urban area. High densities are also found around Spokane, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.


Several major North American drainage basins and many minor ones share a common border with the Columbia River’s drainage basin. To the east, in northern Wyoming and Montana, the Continental Divide separates the Columbia watershed from the MississippiMissouri watershed, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico. To the northeast, mostly along the southern border between British Columbia and Alberta, the Continental Divide separates the Columbia watershed from the NelsonLake WinnipegSaskatchewan watershed, which empties into Hudson Bay. The Mississippi and Nelson watersheds are separated by the Laurentian Divide, which meets the Continental Divide at Triple Divide Peak near the headwaters of the Columbia’s Flathead River tributary. This point marks the meeting of three of North America’s main drainage patterns, to the Pacific Ocean, to Hudson Bay, and to the Atlantic Ocean via the Gulf of Mexico.[174][175]

Further north along the Continental Divide, a short portion of the combined Continental and Laurentian divides separate the Columbia watershed from the MacKenzieSlaveAthabasca watershed, which empties into the Arctic Ocean. The Nelson and Mackenzie watersheds are separated by a divide between streams flowing to the Arctic Ocean and those of the Hudson Bay watershed.[176] This divide meets the Continental Divide at Snow Dome (also known as Dome), near the northernmost bend of the Columbia River.[177]

To the southeast, in western Wyoming, another divide separates the Columbia watershed from the ColoradoGreen watershed, which empties into the Gulf of California. The Columbia, Colorado, and Mississippi watersheds meet at Three Waters Mountain in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.[178] To the south, in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, the Columbia watershed is divided from the Great Basin, whose several watersheds are endorheic, not emptying into any ocean but rather drying up or sinking into sumps.[174] Great Basin watersheds that share a border with the Columbia watershed include Harney Basin, Humboldt River, and Great Salt Lake.[174] The associated triple divide points are Commissary Ridge North, Wyoming,[179] and Sproats Meadow Northwest, Oregon.[180] To the north, mostly in British Columbia, the Columbia watershed borders the Fraser River watershed. To the west and southwest the Columbia watershed borders a number of smaller watersheds that drain to the Pacific Ocean, such as the Klamath River in Oregon and California and the Puget Sound Basin in Washington.[174]


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*****Please  notice point  number  15 which enters into the Colorado River Drainage Basin

The  map below  is of the  Colorado  River Watershed which  stretches  from Wyoming all the  way  down  through  Mexico.  Touching  on Wyoming, Colorado, UtahNevada, Arizona, New MexicoBaja Californis , Sonora Mexico


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Below is a  Map of the  Colorado River basin  from  Colorado  all the  way  to the  Gulf  of  Mexico through  New  Mexico and  Texas as  indicated  by the  yellow line.


Published on Feb 23, 2013

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater.

But the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where successes often are overshadowed by delays, budget overruns and technological challenges.

Department of Energy spokeswoman Lindsey Geisler said there was no immediate health risk and said federal officials would work with Washington state to address the matter.

Regardless, Tom Towslee, a spokesman for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the senator will be asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate Hanford’s tank monitoring and maintenance program.

Wyden is the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

State officials just last week announced that one of Hanford’s 177 underground tanks was leaking 150 to 300 gallons a year, posing a risk to groundwater and rivers. So far, nearby monitoring wells haven’t detected higher radioactivity levels.

********************************************************************************************************   Event – Public Hearing on Exposed Workers at Hanford Nuclear Site – Part I

Uploaded on Jan 9, 2010

Part I of the U.S. Department of Energy, Environment, Safety and Health, Public Hearing on Exposed Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation held February 3, 2000 at the Federal Building in Richland, WA.

Sound quality is poor due to on camera mic and bad acoustics.


Talk – Walter Tamosaitis – A Deep Concern on the Hanford Horizon: The WTP

Uploaded on Sep 11, 2010

Talk by Dr. Walter Tamosaitis, the Research and Technology Manager of Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant, who was summarily terminated from his job after he raised safety issues associated with the design and operation of this nuclear facility

Nuclear Power Truths

Food Safety : Radiation / Contamination

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market

Fukushima Diary

Posted by Mochizuki

Two of the most basic ingredients, barley and wheat are highly contaminated and distributed to everyday supermarkets.

Though Japanese barley and wheat don’t have price competitive power, we need to check the exporting volume of Japanese contaminated products and to where. On this article, I will only report the contamination situation of them.

In July of 2011, Ibaraki prefecture measured high level of cesium from their barley.[Link 1 2] However because the safety limit of food was 500 Bq/Kg at that time, they were let to the market.

(Ibaraki prefecture is the third largest producing area of barley in Japan.(7.9%, 2005) )

Highest readings.

Sample 1

Sample taken : 6/20 ~ 7/4/2011

Measurement data : 7/8/2011

Location : Hitachinaka city

Cesium : 460 Bq/Kg

Sample 2

Sample taken : 6/20 ~ 7/4/2011

Measurement data : 7/8/2011

Location : Hitachinaka city

Cesium : 340 Bq/Kg

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are flowing to the market

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are flowing to the market 2

Barley can be used for barley tea of this year. On 8/12/2012, a media writer, Chidai measured 19.89 Bq/Kg from tea bags of barley tea. [Link]

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 3

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 4

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 5

(More articles about Chibai’s radiation measurement..3128 Bq/kg of cesium from Ibaraki mushroom

2567 Bq/kg from soil in Kashiwa )

On 7/11/2012, he also measured 16.65 Bq/Kg of cesium from Japanese wheat. [Link] Contaminated ingredients are already processed for variety of food.

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 6

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 7

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 8

Highly contaminated barley and wheat are coming to the market 9

<Settlement report 8/11/2012>

I’m taking up this space to report how much donation I received yesterday.

I’m sorry for the belated report.

I booked a flight ticket yesterday but soon after I submit my credit card information, I was transfered to their starting page and no confirmation code was received. thought that was the first fishing fraud I’ve encountered in my life.

I managed to call them to check and so far, they are an ok airline company and safe.. hope so.

Today I’m going to catch up with news. Sorry for inconvenience.

Settlement report 8/11/2012

Settlement report 8/11/2012 2

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Environmental / Radiation  : Health /Diseases/Genetic Mutations




Chairman of NPO in Chernobyl “In Belarus, girls turned to be men after secondary sexual character”

Fukushima Diaries

Posted by Mochizuki


Ms. Noro, the chairman of NPO called Bridges to Chernoby (cf. Numayu’s blog shut down) l warned about the risk to let children play on the contaminated ground.

She commented like this on her blog,



I didn’t know how serious it (radiation exposure of sexual organs) can be until I actually went to see the medical situation in Belarus.
I didn’t know how risky it can be to let children play sports or play with mud, sit down on, or crawl on stomach in school play ground. It’s full of contaminated sand and soil.
There is no data to prove it’s safe to let children swim in contaminated pool.
It’s supposed to be safe only because the radiation level is lower than safety limit, but it has no basis.
Do not underrate nosebleed. It’s the beginning of every symptom. You do not ignore it.
Cases of childhood cancer are recorded in the bonus part of the movie “Living with internal exposure” (Director is Kamanaka Hitomi)

A 2 years old girl got uterine cancer, had a part of uterus melt to leak out.
(Doctor says though it is a rare case, a few of those cases are reported in the world regardless of the age.)
I actually saw girls turned to be boys through secondary sexual character to be hospitalized.
In the contaminated area of Balarus, only 20% of women can bear baby.
None of the adults can take responsibility for destroyed lives of children.




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New USDA ‘Compass’ Maps Support Local Meat and Poultry


New Labels Required on Ground Meat, Poultry Packages


Drug-Resistant Staph Linked to Animal Antibiotics


FDA and Stealth Recalls



Food Recalls

Frankfurters Recalled in Canada Due to Listeria Concern

Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:59 AMThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Glatt’s Kosher Meat Products of Montreal are glatts-200.jpgwarning the public not to consume certain Glatt’s brand Beef Frankfurters Jumbo BBQ because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
There have been no reported illnesses.

The recalled product, Glatt’s brand Beef Frankfurters Jumbo BBQ,

is sold in 375 g packages with the UPC 0 55627 00203 6 and a best-before date of 12AL21.
The frankfurters were distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

Frozen Pizza Sticks RecalledSaturday,

March 03, 2012 3:59 AMPasou Foods of Syracuse, IN is recalling about 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza sticks because a meat ingredient may have been produced without federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. According to the recall alert, during an ongoing food safety assessment of the company, FSIS personnel determined that the raw ground pork ingredient used in the ready-to-eat pizza sticks was purchased from an unapproved source and the meat may not have been federally inspected. FSIS has received no reports of illness.
The Class II recall is for boxes containing 100 “Pizza Stix.” Case labels bear the establishment number EST. 1903 in the USDA mark of inspection and may have been produced this year on February 2 and 29. The products were sold to a food distributor for further distribution to a caterer and other institutions in Indiana.
A Class II recall is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
For more information contact George Pavel, a company representative, at 574-457-4092.

Clostridium Perfringens Prompts Ham Recall in Quebec

Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:59 AMCharcuterie La Tour Eiffel is recalling several types of ham products distributed in Quebec due to contamination with Clostridium perfringens.
The recalled products were supplied to retailers, and to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Quebec.
The recall is for:
– La Belle Bretagne brand “Our Cooked Ham – Original,” variable kg; best before 12AL14 or 12AL21
– La Belle Bretagne brand “Sliced Cooked Ham,” variable kg; best before 12AL01
– La Belle Bretagne brand “,”Our Cooked Ham – Original Sliced,”  175 g; best before 12MR30; UPC 0 55652 00536 1
– Tour Eiffel “Cooked Ham – Extra Lean,” variable kg; Lot 271
– Tour Eiffel “Parisian Cooked Ham,” 175 g; best before 12MR31; UPC 0 55652 77710 7
– Tour Eiffel “Shaved Parisian Cooked Ham,” 175 g and 400 g; best before 12MR20 or 12MR21; UPC 0 55652 77717 6 and UPC 0 55652 77728 2
– Tour Eiffel “Chopped Cooked Ham,” 400 g; best before 12MR16; UPC 0 55652 77719 0

Kountry Buffet Horse Feed Recalled

Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:59 AMFollowing reports that some horses have died as a result of consuming feed that may contain monensin sodium (Rumensin), Western Feed, LLC is recalling two lots of Kountry Buffet 14% feed.
paybackhorsefeed-280.jpgMonensin sodium is a medication approved for use in some livestock and poultry species, but can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels.
The recalled feed, with the lot numbers M718430 and M720280, is packaged in 50 lb. bags bearing the Payback logo with the attached tag identifying the product as Kountry Buffet 14%.  The lot number  can be found towards the bottom of the tag, below the Feeding Directions.
At this time, no other Western Feed, LLC products and no other lots of Kountry Buffet 14% are involved.
This feed was distributed December 2 through 15, 2011 to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming.
Initial testing by a private laboratory has indicated the presence of a potentially harmful level of monensin sodium (Rumensin) in these two lots. Further follow up testing is underway.
The symptoms of toxicity vary with the amount of monensin ingested by a horse. Trace amounts may cause a horse to go off his regular feed, show signs of colic and appear unwell for a few days. Larger amounts will cause a horse to show more serious symptoms within a few hours including colic, stiffness, sweating, a lack of coordination and the inability to stand.
Customers who purchased Kountry Buffet 14% from lot M718430 and M720280 should stop feeding the product immediately. For more information contact Western Feed LLC at 308-247-2601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.

Hot Liquid Could Shatter Melamine Cups, Mugs

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:59 AMCarlisle FoodService Products of Oklahoma City has recalled about 111,000 melamine cups and mugs after receiving three reports that they may shatter when exposed to hot liquids.
No injuries have been reported, according to the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission news release.
Nine models of Carlisle cups and mugs, sold nationally through distributor outlets and online, including to food service companies and equipment supply distributers, are part of the recall.
The recalled melamine cups and mugs, imported from China, range in size 7 to 16 oz. and from 2 to 3 inches tall and were available in white, green, red, brown, black, ocean blue, sand, honey yellow, bone and sunset orange. Go here to see product photos.
The name “Carlisle OKC, OK” and model number are imprinted on the bottom, along with “Made in China” and “NSF.” Some may also include the model name and size, such as “Durus 7 oz. cup.”
The recall is for:
– Sierrus™ Mug,    7.8 oz., model # 33056- Durus® Challenge Cup, 7.8 oz., model # 43056- Dallas Ware® Stacking Cup, 7 oz., model # 43546- Dayton™ Stacking Cup, 7 oz., model # 43870- Kingline™ Ovide Cup, 7 oz., model # KL300- Kingline™ Stacking Cup, 7 oz.,    model # KL111- Melamine Stackable Mug, 8 oz.,  model # 4510- Cappuccino Mug, 12 oz., model # 4812- Cappuccino Mug, 16 oz., model # 4816
The mugs were sold between January 2011 and January 2012 for between $4 and $10 each.
The mugs should not be used and may be returned for credit toward a future purchase of Carlisle FoodService Products merchandise. Carlisle will provide instructions for free return shipping.
For more information contact Carlisle FoodService Products at 800-217-8859 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://www.carlislefsp.com/productsafetyAllergen Alert: MSG in SausagesTuesday, February 28, 2012 3:59 AM

London Meat Co. of New York, NY is recalling approximately 200 pounds of sausage because it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not listed on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.
There have been no reports of adverse reactions.
FSIS said its personnel discovered the problem during a routine inspection. FSIS said the MSG was added as an ingredient when seasoning blends were changed, but the company did not update its product label.
The recall is of 5-lb boxes of “Milano’s Country Breakfast Sausage,” containing 80 sausage links per box. Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 8777” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
These recalled sausages were made-to-order for restaurants and caterers in the New York City area through Feb. 21, 2012.
For more information contact the company’s co-owner Michael Milano at 212- 255-2135.
Smoked Salmon Recalled in British Columbia Monday, February 27, 2012 3:59 AMThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain refrigerated cold smoked sockeye salmon trim products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
There have been no reported illnesses.
The following products, sold refrigerated at various weights from February 16 through 24, have been recalled:
– Salmon Lox Trim Classic packed on dates 2012.02.17, 2012.02.18 and 2012.02.19; UPC begins with 0297629; sell-by dates 2012.02.27, 2012.02.28, 2012.02.29, 2012.03.01 and 2013.03.02 and sold at Whole Foods Market, 925 Main Street, West Vancouver, BC and at Whole Foods Market, 510 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC
–  Lox Trim packed on dates FE 17, FE 18, FE 19, FE 20, FE 21, and FE 22; UPC begins with 204780; sold at The Salmon Shop, #112-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC
– unlabeled lox sold at The Daily Catch Seafood Company, 1418 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, no date codes
The recalled smoked sockeye may have also been sold unlabelled over the counter at the stores listed above. Consumers who are unsure whether they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer.

Malta Beverages Recalled Due to Bottle Breakage

Friday, February 24, 2012 3:59 AMThe Florida Brewery, Inc. is recalling certain 7-oz. bottles of Goya, Great Value, Hatuey, Mr. Special, Polar, Publix, Regal, and SuperMax brand non-alcoholic malta beverages because glass on the exterior of the bottles may break when the twist-off cap is removed.
The company has received two reports of consumers cutting their mouths on broken glass.
The recall is for:
– Goya: UPC 041331040068; lot codes12/01/13, 12/08/13, 12/27/13, 12/28/13, 12/29/13, 01/06/13    – Great Value: UPC 681131762793, lot codes 1/05/13, 1/06/13
– Hatuey: UPC 080480594909, lot codes 12/21/13, 12/22/13, 01/06/13, 01/07/13
– Mr. Special: UPC 008254820702, lot codes 11/30/13, 12/01/13, 12/08/,1 2/09/13
– Polar: UPC 7591446006785 and 7591446006761  lot codes 11/30/12, 12/22/12, 1 2/23/12, 12/29/12, 12/30/12, 01/03/1, 01/04/13
– Publix: UPC 041415109360, lot codes 11/28/13, 12/09/13, 12/27/13     – Regal: UPC 082502738889, lot codes 12/01/13, 12/09/13, 12/27/13, 12/28/13
– SuperMax: UPC 870906000691, lot code 12/09/13
The lot codes are printed on the bottles above the label. Go here to see photos of the recalled bottles.
The Florida Brewery distributed the recalled 7-oz Goya, Great Value, Hatuey, Mr. Special, Polar, Publix, Regal and SuperMax brand malta beverages in Florida, Texas, Georgia, California and Puerto Rico from Dec. 8, 2011 to Feb. 1, 2012.
The recalled bottles of malta beverage can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund, product replacement, coupon or product credit.
For more information call the Florida Brewery’s consumer hotline at 1-866-872-8860 weekdays from 8 a.m. to  8 p.m. EST and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada Beef Recall Tied to E. Coli Illness

Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:59 AMOne person is ill and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Food Classics are warning the public not to consume certain Country Morning Beef Burgers, no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes, and certain Grillhouse beef burgers because the beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
There has been one reported E. coli infection associated with eating these products.
New Food Classics of Burlington, Ontario, is recalling:
– Country Morning Beef Burgers, 1 kg, UPC 0 57316 02941 6, lots 52841 EST 761, 62841 EST 761, 72841 EST 761, 82841 EST 761
–  No name Club Pack Beef Steakettes, 2.27 kg, UPC 0 60383 01321 9, lot BB 2012 AL 10 EST 761
Also recalled are these Grillhouse brand products, bearing the establishment number 761:
– Angus Beef Burgers, 4.59 kg, UPC 55377, lot code 11 OC 11
– Beef Burger with Seasoning, 3.2 oz – 4.54 kg, UPC 52988, lot code 11 OC 12
– Beef Burger with Seasoning, 4 oz – 4.54 kg, UPC 52981, lot code 11 OC 12
The Country Morning Beef Burgers were distributed to COOP and TGP grocery stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, North West Territories, Yukon Territories and Nunavut.
The no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes were distributed by Loblaws to the following stores and provinces:
– Ontario: Cash&Carry/RCWC Ontario Corporate, Extra Foods, Freshmart, Loblaws Great Food, no frills, RCWC West Corporate, Real Canadian Superstore, Value-mart, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs and Zehrs Great Food.
– British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Extra Foods, Extra Foods no frills, Real Canadian Superstore West Corporate, Shop Easy/SuperValu, Superstore, Your Independent Grocer.
– North West Territories, Yukon Territories and Nunavut.
The Grillhouse brand products were distributed nationally through restaurants and institutional establishments.          For more information contact New Food Classics at 1-289-398-2009 during business hours, and at 1-647-627-8761 after hours, or CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday).

MA Firm Recalls Chili for Lack of Inspection

Friday, February 17, 2012 3:59 AMA Massachusetts-based company is recalling approximately 3,800 pounds of chili products because they may not have undergone federal inspection.
The Chili Station in Ludlow, MA recalled containers of its beef and turkey chili Thursday. No illnesses have been linked to these products.
The following products have been recalled:
– 5 gallon containers and 1-gallon bags of “The Chili Station” Beef Chili with Beans
– 5 gallon containers and 1-gallon of “The Chili Station” Beef Chili with Beans and/or Turkey Chili
Establishment numbers “EST. 6380” or “P-6380” may be printed on labels or packaging, inside the mark of inspection or ink-jetted on the case label.
The chili products were distributed and sold in Massachusetts. The problem was discovered during a routine Food Safety Assessment conducted by FSIS. 

Anyone with concerns surrounding the recall should contact Jeffrey Belkin, a company representative, at 413-883-5096.
The recall notice is available here.

FDA Updates Information on Fungicides in OJ

Friday, February 17, 2012 3:59 AMThe Food and Drug Administration published a new update on Thursday to its ongoing testing of imported orange juice for the fungicide carbendazim, a compound restricted from agriculture in the United States.

Since January 9, the FDA has tested samples from 104 shipments of orange juice and orange juice concentrate. Out of those, the agency found 24 shipments that contained at least 10 parts per billion (ppb) of carbendazim.

Half of those 24 shipments came from Canada, while the other half came from Brazil. The FDA has added the food processors associated with those shipments to its Import Alert 99-08 list.

Of the shipments testing negative for carbendazim, 57 have been released for sale. Those shipments came from: Canada (22 shipments), Mexico (18), Dominican Republic (3), Italy (2), Argentina (2), Costa Rica (2), Honduras (2), Trinidad & Tobago (2), Brazil (1), Lebanon (1), Belize (1) and Turkey (1).

The FDA began testing all orange juice imports for carbendazim in January after being alerted by Coca Cola — owner of Minute Maid and Simply Orange — that some juice from Brazil had tested positive for the fungicide.

The Environmental Protection Agency considers carbendazim levels below 80 ppb safe for human consumption. In earlier tests of shipments, those containing the fungicide ranged in concentration from 13 to 36 ppb. The FDA will not allow sale of any shipments containing more than 10 ppb.

On Thursday, the FDA also rejected a request by the Brazilian Citrus Exporters Association to have levels of carbendazim in orange juice concentrate assessed according to its “single strength” level — the levels that would be found once the concentrate is mixed with the intended ratio of water. Brazilian orange growers recently began using carbendazim to combat a problem with “black spot,” a mold that grows on trees.

The FDA plans to continue testing orange juice imports for carbendazim and will publish updates every Thursday evening.

Recall of Chicken Feet, Tripe, Pork Uteri

Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:59 AM

AA Meat Products Corporation of Maywood, CA is recalling an undetermined amount of meat and poultry that may not have been federally inspected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.
The problem was discovered during an investigation by FSIS. There have been no reports of illness associated with this recall.
The recall is of:
30-pound and 22-pound cases of the following products produced between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, 2012:
– AA Scalded Beef Omasum Tripe- AA Honeycomb Beef Tripe- AA Scalded Beef Tripe Menudo De Vovino- AA Beef Omasum Tripe – AA Beef Tripe
Various weights of the following products produced between March 5 and Feb. 8, 2012:
– Pork chops- Beef short ribs- Beef tongues- Boneless beef shank- Boneless beef ribeye lipon- Boneless beef short plate- Boneless beef strip loin- Beef fat
10-pound bags of the following products produced between April 7 and Feb. 8, 2012:
– Chicken feet- Duck feet- Pork uteri
Also, FSIS says the pork uteri, chicken feet and duck feet may have been produced using sodium percarbonate, a food additive not approved for use in these specific products.
Case labels or packaging may bear the establishment numbers EST. 21492, P-21492 or EST. 21492A in the USDA mark of inspection, or EST. 21492 simply ink-jetted on the case label. The products were sold in California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
Images of the labels can be seen here. The retail distribution list is available here.
For more information about this recall contact Johnny Wu, a company representative, at 1-626-376-2819.

FDA-Regulated Food Recalls Surged in Last Quarter 2011Wednesday, February 15, 2012 3:59 AM

Foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were recalled 50 percent more in the fourth quarter last year and affected over 80 percent more units when compared with the previous period, according to the ExpertRECALL ™ Index.

The quarterly ExpertRECALL™ Index was released Tuesday, showing 2011 ended with a surge of food recalls led by undeclared allergens, which accounted for more than one in three food recalls during the quarter.   ExpertRECALL publishes the data from both FDA and the Consumer Products Safety Commission.  It plans to add USDA recall data in the near future.

Listeria was second only to allergens for causing recalls.  Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes, grown in Colorado on a single farm, were  responsible for the most deadly outbreak in a century in 2011.
The fourth quarter’s big spike in recalls could be causing “recall fatigue,” says Mike Rozembajgier, vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertRECALL, which publishes the index.

“In this current environment, manufacturers and retailers must take extra care to ensure that consumers are receiving the right messages about recalls and that they are encouraged to respond appropriately,” he says.
Rozembajgier still thinks consumers focus on recalls.  “I don’t believe that there will ever be a time when consumers stop paying attention to safety,” he told Food Safety News.  “As consumers, our ears will always perk up when the media covers major recalls that result in illness or harm to people.”
“In our experience,” he said, “recall fatigue can be at its peak when several recalls of varying sizes occur at once.  During times like these, it can be easy for some consumers to miss the smallest recalls even when they might be the most relevant to them.”

During the final three months of 2011, FDA logged 176 food recalls by more than 150 companies, affecting nearly 70 million units of food products.  It marked the highest recall levels of the past four years, and represented an 80 percent increase over the third quarter.
In addition to representing a 50 percent over the previous quarter, the increase was 55 percent over the final period of 2010.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, 42 recalls affected customers throughout the United States.  Twenty-eight (28) affected both domestic and international customers, and two recalls impacted only consumers outside of the country.
Undeclared allergens, followed by Listeria, Salmonella, botulism and E. coli, were the cause of the greatest number of FDA-regulated foods.
“It’s impossible to say based on available data why there has been an increase in allergen-related recalls,” Rozembajgier added. “In monitoring the safety of our food, the FDA’s inspection and sampling can result in the discovery that allergens have been left off product labels.  However, in some cases, the issues are identified by companies who have been increasingly vigilant in the past few years in withdrawing products because of possible allergy issues, often erring on the side of caution.
The Lake Forest Park, IL-based Stericycle ExpertRECALL ™ manages consumer product, pharmaceutical, medical device, juvenile product, and food and beverage recalls for multiple companies.

Veal Cubes Recalled in Canada May Contain Metal

Monday, February 13, 2012 3:59 AMCostco Wholesale Canada Ltd. has recalled fresh veal cubes sold in certain Costco warehouses in Eastern Canada because they may contain pieces of metal.
There have been no injuries reported in connection with the veal cubes.
The veal cubes, item #50088, have a best-before date of Feb. 19, 2012 and were sold on Feb. 9 or 10.
The recalled meat can be returned for a refund. For more information contact Costco Wholesale at 800-463-3783.

Allergen Alert: Crullers with Sodium Caseinate

Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:59 AMWalmart has recalled its eight-count packages of cruller bakery pastries because the common name of milk was not listed following sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, on the ingredient label.
People who have milk allergies and do not recognize sodium caseinate as a milk derivative run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume it.
One adverse reaction has been reported by a customer, according to Walmart
The recalled eight-count packaged crullers, which are ring-shaped twisted sweet cakes similar to doughnuts, have a UPC code of 787429847 and expiration dates on or before Feb. 9, 2012. The crullers were labeled and sold in Walmart store bakeries in Puerto Rico and all states with the exception of Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Walmart says it has taken steps to ensure all current and future products are properly labeled to reflect the common name of milk as an ingredient.
For more information contact the Walmart Customer Service at 1-800-Walmart (1-800-925-6278) or return the product to the nearest Walmart store for a full refund.Allergen Alert: Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with MilkSaturday, February 11, 2012 3:59 AM

Whole Foods Market has recalled certain Pumpkin Bundt Cakes because the cream cheese contains milk, an allergen not listed on the label.

No adverse reactions have been reported.

The recalled 3 oz.and 26. oz. Pumpkin Bundt Cakes were made in Whole Foods Market store bakeries and sold at stores in Fresno, Monterey, San Rafael, San Ramon and Santa Cruz. The recalled cakes were sold from a service case or displayed in small, clear plastic clamshells marked with a scale label #21630100000. Expiration dates prior to Feb. 13, 2012 are recalled.
The necessary label corrections have been made for the Pumpkin Bundt Cakes currently for sale.
Recalled cakes may be returned to the store for a full refund.

Allergen Alert: Wheat in Cooked Pork Hocks

Friday, February 10, 2012 3:59 AMHan Yang Inc. of Milwaukee, WI is recalling approximately 25,600 pounds of cooked pork hocks because they contain wheat, an allergen not noted on the label.
The label omission was discovered by a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service  inspector during a label review.
There have been no reports  of adverse reactions.
The recall is of shrink-wrapped packages of various weights of “JANG CHUNG DONG HAN YANG KING JOAK BAL COOKED PORK HOCKS” with EST. 21880 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The pork hocks, produced between Oct. 7, 2011 and Feb. 7, 2012, have a four month shelf life and were distributed to wholesalers and retailers in Los Angeles and Chicago.
For more information contact the company’s president, Chang Choi, at 414-389-1099.

Big Spinach Recall with No Public Notice

Friday, February 10, 2012 3:59 AMOn New Year’s Eve 2011, a Texas company recalled 228,360 lbs. — 114 tons — of spinach because it tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

That Class I recall — which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines as “a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death” — was revealed this week as an item in the FDA enforcement report for February 8.

Credit microbiologist and blogger Phyllis Entis for spotting what she calls a stealth recall, and explaining its significance on her eFoodAlert website.
“I realize that not all recalls are created equal, and that not all recalls require public notification. But I cannot understand the rationale behind NOT publicizing a Class I Hazard recall of a ready-to-eat item of produce that may be contaminated with a potentially lethal pathogen,” Entis wrote.  “Would anyone care to explain this to me?”

The potentially contaminated spinach from Tiro Tres Farms of Eagle Pass, TX was distributed in Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and in Canada in Ontario and Quebec.
FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not publish public notices of this recall in December or January – and still have not — and the FDA enforcement report did not say whether there were any illnesses linked to the recalled spinach.

According to the enforcement report, Tiro Tres Farms notified its own customers of the recall by letter on Dec. 31, 2011, but the FDA report does not indicate if any of the spinach was sold by retailers.
The recall was of Robert’s S 1 cut leaf “Curly” spinach packed in 30 lb. totes with no specific type of labeling, except for a small sticker label identifying the “pup” container that identified the harvest date and the field in Uvalde, TX. Harvest dates were Nov. 21, 22, 23, 25, 28 and 29, 2011, one month before the recall letter was sent.

Another Recall of Salad With Hard-Cooked Eggs

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:59 AMIn another recall related to hard-cooked eggs that may be contaminated with Listeria, Bost Distributing Company of Bear Creek, NC, doing business as Harold Food Company, is withdrawing approximately 1,200 pounds of chicken salad products.
The recall is one of many resulting from a recall by Minnesota-based Michael Foods, which produced the cooked eggs at its Wakefield, NE facility.
There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with the eggs.
The recall is for 30-lb. boxes of Harold Food Co. Grand Strand Deluxe Chicken Salad with sell-by dates of 2/15/2012 and the establishment number P-20479.
The products were sent to a distributor in South Carolina for further distribution to retail establishments in North Carolina and South Carolina. The chicken salad products may have been repackaged as sandwiches under a brand other than Harold Food Co. and no longer bear the identifying information listed above.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Bost Distributing Company’s General Manager, Jeff Bennett, at 919-775-5931.

Chicken Salad Sandwiches Another Egg-Related Recall

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:59 AMGrand Strand Sandwich Company of Longs, SC is recalling some of its chicken salad sandwiches from convenience stores in the Southwest after its distributor recalled the chicken salad used to make them.

The recall is the latest in the string of recalls that began January 26 when Michael Foods revealed that some of its hard-cooked eggs could be contaminated with Listeria.

No illnesses have been associated with the hard-cooked eggs distributed by Michael Foods or any of the products made with the eggs.
In a news release Wednesday, Grand Strand wrote that its recall “came about when Bost Distributing, our chicken salad manufacturer, bought some of the hard-cooked eggs that were produced (and later recalled) by Michael Foods. Bost Distributing was unsure if the eggs from Michael Foods were used in our product, so just to be safe we are recalling (the sandwiches).”

The recalled sandwiches include:
– Grand Strand Sandwich 4.5 oz., UPC 067068101056, sell-by 02/24/12- Grand Strand Sandwich 4.5 oz., UPC 067068101056, sell-by 02/29/12- Country Harvest Chicken Salad 5 oz., UPC 067068171059, sell-by 02/23/12- Lunchbox Chicken Salad 4.5 oz., UPC 067068121050, sell-by 02/24/12 For a list of many of the other egg products recalled see “Hard-Cooked Egg Recall Widens.”